Friday, September 16, 2016

Teachers and Parents: Tell Kids the Biggest Story!



If you teach older elementary students  or younger teens, Kevin DeYoung offers these resources based on his book, The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden.  Give your young Bible students an overview of history from Creation to Eternity.  Think of this as a fast-forward highlight reel of the Holy Bible with emphasis on the theme of sin/redemption and God's unfailing promises.

The animation is beautiful--artistic, not juvenile. The narration has music in the background to enhance the story and animation.  My only disappointment was the lack of close-captioning for the Deaf and hard of hearing. This means I likely will not add the DVD to my church library, to avoid disappointing our Deaf members, adults and children, who enjoy DVDs.

You can purchase your own copy of The Biggest Story or comment below to be entered in a drawing for a free copy of the book. Just comment by Friday, September 23!

Purchase links: The Biggest Story: The Animated Short Film
                         The Biggest Story: The Audio Book


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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Adorable Board Book about Baby!




This sturdy board book has a rhyming story and whimsical illustrations of babies doing all sorts of baby things.  At the end is a mirror and a place to write the name of a special baby God loves!

You can purchase your own copy of Baby, Baby!  or comment below to be entered in a drawing for a free copy of the book. Just comment by Friday, September 16!


“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Hurt at Church: The Bridezilla of Christ

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It is not uncommon for me to choose a book because the title is intriguing. That was certainly the case when I was offered a chance to review this title from Ted Kluck and Ronnie Martin.  Anyone who has been in church for more than a few years knows that the Bride of Christ sometimes behaves more like a reality TV show than the scriptural model. Cliques, church splits, contentious business meetings--we can all relate to this topic.

This book is not, however, a gripe session with gossippy details about bad churches. This is a dialogue about how we as individual Christians need to behave in a community of sinners like ourselves. Saved paople still sin, yet we are charged to be the Church and to show Christ to the world.  Kluck and Martin offer real help with this real problem that has been around as long as the Church itself.

This book is not too long and includes some humor to keep things from getting too discouraging.  It would make a good study for anyone who is experiencing hurt from church people or church organizations, I especially appreciated the authors addressing the rise of individualism/consumerism in the modern church. Pride and preferences are causing many churches problems with relationships and with ministry--and it needs to stop!

I received a free review copy from Blogging for Books for my honest opinion.  I am impressed and will be placing a copy of The Bridezilla of Christ in my church's library.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

New Children's Books from Worthy Publishing

Children need story time. Fortunately, they also enjoy that time spent with a parent and a good book.   These two new board books by Mary Manz Simon offer delightful rhyming stories your child will probably memorize quickly--and still enjoy hearing you read again and again! The illustrations by Lizzie Walkley are beautifully detailed with flora and fauna as well as whimsical children and parents. 

These sturdy board books have unique layered cut-outs, perfect for little fingers to grasp as they turn pages.  If you want something more special than a typical board book, these are just the ticket.

I received free review copies of God Made the Moon and God Made the Sun from the publisher for my honest assessment.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Shakespeare and Scripture


Bob Hostetler offers a fresh new devotional for those of us who love the English of King James and of Queen Elizabeth I.  For every day of the year you will find a Scripture, a Shakespeare quote, and a short devotional offering insights from the Bible that inspired the Bard of Avon. Pick up some fun facts each day as well.

This beautiful book with purple dust jacket would make a fine gift for your favorite English teacher, actor, librarian, or general bookworm.  I know this KJV-reading lover of words thoroughly enjoyed previewing this devotional!

The book is available in hardcover and Kindle formats.  I received a complimentary review copy from the publisher for my honest review.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

E.C. Jackson Offers Another "Hope" Novel


A Living Hope is the story of Sadie, a young woman who seems to have destroyed her life and burned all bridges to her past.  Finding the courage to return home, however, starts a series of events that remind her there is always hope for those who place their trust in Jesus.  The man she left, the man who abused her, and the friends and family she avoided all are affected by Sadie's choices--both the bad ones of the past and the good ones she has a chance to make.

E.C. Jackson weaves a story of imperfect people working through misunderstandings, secrets, traumas, and just plain stubbornness. In other words, her characters are like many of us!  She builds complex characters with believable struggles.  Happy endings don't come easily, but must be worked through with prayer, honest communication, and the willingness to step out in faith and do the right things.

This is a worthy successor to Jackson's earlier novel, A Gateway to Hope.

Friday, July 15, 2016

More Historical Fiction from Angela Hunt


Another volume in the Dangerous Beauty series, Delilah is an entertaining novel based on the woman we meet only briefly in the book of Judges.  While we know only that Delilah betrayed Samson, Angela Hunt uses her imagination to weave one possible story of what might lead a beautiful woman down a path that led to the betrayal of a lover to an enemy.

History and geography are skillfully woven into the story, along with fictionalized accounts of other events from the Bible, such as Samson's wedding riddle.  Readers of historical fiction will want to add this book to their collections.

I received a free review copy of the book from the publisher for my honest assessment.

You can get your own copy at your local Christian book store or on Amazon.